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Agriculture: Bluetongue

Volume 708: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will impose a ban on the importation of livestock from bluetongue restricted zones. [HL1426]

Defra currently has no plans to ban the import of livestock from bluetongue restricted zones. Movements of susceptible species are governed by EC Regulation 1266/2007, which was developed with the best available scientific advice, balancing risks proportionately against impact on trade. Where new evidence has become available, rules have been adjusted. We will continue to consider emerging evidence and any implications for movement conditions.

We will continue to conduct post-import testing of all imported livestock and, where livestock test positive for bluetongue, appropriate risk management action will be taken, depending on the serotype detected.

Those importing livestock should however consider carefully importing from bluetongue restricted zones.